Fresh Herbs: What to Do when You're Not Going to Use Them?

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Recipe by CarolineOYum

I frequently land up using a portion of a bunch or pack of herbs, such as cilantra, parsley, dill, thyme, mint, chives, fennel or oregano. Then a week later I find the leftover herbs sadly rotting in the back of the fridge :-( and have to throw them away. Here's a really simple and cost-saving solution. All you need is an ice-tray or a few small containers.

Top Review by retiree09

Good idea. With herbs like rosemary and thyme, I just cut it from my plants, rinse them off, lay them out to dry on a paper towel. Then lay them out on a dry paper towel, roll them up, put them in a large zip lock bag, and freeze them. Anytime I need "fresh" rosemary or "thyme", I just take out what I need, and return the rest to the freezer.


  1. Finely chop the herbs on the day you buy them.
  2. Using a teaspoon, spoon whatever you don't need and press it into an ice-tray, or into a small container.
  3. Top up each cube or container with a bit of water.
  4. Freeze!
  5. Then when you want herb flavour in a stew or soup or sauce just pop out a couple of herby ice cubes or container for fresh herby flavour.

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